It’s dead. No, not the company, but the tradition of hyperlinking all of the O’s at the bottom of your search results. An update that eliminates the current numbered pagination system is now available on desktop computers in the United States.
This was already in place on the mobile web. This will be rolled out in English with more languages to come. You can simply keep scrolling, instead of having to click the next blue number to get to the bottom of your screen.
When you reach the end of the first page of results, the engine will automagically load another page of content for you. There are people in the comments who are opposed to a wall of links, but I really like this innovation and feel it is long-awaited.
One user points out that continuous scrolling prevents you from going back to the location where you clicked the link, causes the browser’s scroll bar to act unpredictably and more. The new Side Search feature is a way to combat some of these issues, but I do sympathize with those who prefer to keep things the way they were.
On that side of the fence, edgarr gives a pro tip. The footer has a button called “Disable infinite scrolling”, which you can click to stop scrolling. The only challenge will be to see the footer for long enough to click on the link before it disappears.
There are several people who have been complaining about this live experiment on the forum since July of this year. If you prefer pagination and manual labor of clicking the numbers at the bottom of the screen, please let me know in the comments.
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